Monty Waters, Toby Lake, Donna and Scott Spackman with Emily Waters and Bridget Waters.
The old fella has done it again. Not win, but come second as he often does. The Scott Spackman trained Black Fusion has come home in second place in the 2017 Picnic Cup Championship Final at Dubbo on Sunday, by just half a length. Scott said, “We nearly got there but in typical Fusion style, came in second again. It is a really great concept the Picnic Championships and we picked up $9,900 for second place. It was just great, we put this in play basically from Harden last year, the horse has had some trouble with his feet but we got enough points to get him in. You have to race the horses at the picnics to qualify. That is why Mark Cummins had two runners, he is often at the picnics and does very well.”
The 1400 metre final is the first time that Racing New South Wales has held a Championship Final. The event is the culmination of a year long calendar for horses racing on the picnic circuit. The race had a local flavour with Fusion lining up against two well-known horses trained by Mark Cummins in Living Fire and Sergeant Bilko. Scott said, “Fusion is looking like coming to Harden on Coz plate day. He may have runs at Coota, Lockhart or Young and will be aimed at the cup at Harden. We might have a couple of runners for Harden actually, I love coming to Harden.” Black Fusion now boasts the impressive record of 60 starts for 8 wins, 16 amazing second places and 3 third placings. With $137,438 in prize money, the 8 year old gelding has won or placed in nearly half his races.